PLATTSBURGH - It's the time of year that Jody A. Parks looks forward to every year - the annual Taste of the North Country.
Parks, who serves as executive vice president for the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce - the organization which puts on the event - said there's much in store for this year's Taste of the North Country, now in its 15th year.
"We've really got a lot going on this year," said Parks. "We have quite a few new participants, which I think speaks for the event."
Taste of the North Country centers around displays and samples from local restaurants and vendors, which continues to grow year after year, said Parks.
"The tasting is an opportunity to see what local restaurants and vendors have to offer," she said. "And, these vendors and restaurants go all out. They do a really good job that night."
This year's participating businesses include A & W, Adirondack Coffee Roasters, Agri-Mark / McCadam Cheese, Anthony's Restaurant and Bistro, Dame's Disc. Liquor and Wine Specialty Shop, DeLish by Irises, Dunkin Donuts, ELFS Farm Winery and Cidermill, Geoffrey's Pub and Restaurant, The Ground Round Grill and Bar, Irises Cafe and Wine Bar, Karma Indian Cuisine, Kentucky Fried Chicken, L & M Discount Liquor and Wine, Lake Placid Pub and Brewery, Liquor and Wine Warehouse, Michele's Fine Dining, Moe's Southwest Grill, My Cup of Tea, Ninety Nine Restaurant, Panera Bread, Rambach's International Bakery, Rulf's Orchard, Sam's Club, Smooth Moves, The Station Cafe and Gifts, Vesco Ridge Vineyards, and Wal-Mart SuperCenter.
Even though it's called Taste of the North Country, the event is about more than just food. It actually gives attendees a taste of the many items available at local businesses through its annual auction.
"We have some cool things this year as always," said Parks. "We have everything from gift certificates to restaurants to toys for children to gift baskets to vacations to boat rentals. Everything you can possibly imagine."